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17 February 2014 @ 03:50 pm
Patreon update :)  

So I logged into the war room after launching the MAGIC & MANNERS Patreon project and got hit with a bunch of suggestions on how to improve the page, which I’ll be doing, but one of them was “more explaining about how the funding works”, so I’ll do that in a blog post.

So. Funding with Patreon is Not Like Kickstarter. Patreon does not ask for one large donation; it asks for many small ones. And when we say small we can mean “ten or five or even one cent”–micropayments are totally cool with the Patreon model.

Patreon allows you to cap your monthly donation. If it’s a year-long project with 50 chapters (as I anticipate MAGIC & MANNERS being), if you want to cap your monthly payment at $1, so that over the course of the year you pay $12 for the eventual e-book, that’s totally cool.

I’m setting a cap of my own on the number of chapters I’m willing to post: no more than 1 a week. So, for example, if you have opted to donate $1/chapter, over the course of the month the most you can possibly get hit for is $5 (in July & October, I think, which are the months this year with 5 Wednesdays, which is the day I expect to post). But if you’ve set your own cap of $3/month, that’ll be your total donation regardless of the caps on my end of things.

I want to emphasise again that this isn’t like Kickstarter: if you tell Patreon you want to donate $10/chapter, it’s not a one-time donation of $10, it’s $10 every week! And, I mean, don’t get me wrong, if you want to and can afford that, that’s great, but as the project creator, I’m not expecting people to be able to donate at that level! My goal/hope is really to basically get 250 people at $1 each–or, of course, ideally more than that so that editing and whatnot can be part of the whole project process. :)

Basically I’m going to give the Patreon project a month to fund. If we haven’t reached the base level of $250/chapter by the middle of March, I’ll call it a failed experiment and close it down. If we do, of course, then there will be new chapters every week, which would be lots of fun. :)

Questions? Hit me with ‘em!

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

Lola: Meidancewithlife on February 17th, 2014 10:09 pm (UTC)
I also like that your policy is that only the first book in an ongoing series is serialized, and that you try to write the subsequent books as quickly as you can.
M. C. A. Hogarth: presenthaikujaguar on February 17th, 2014 10:20 pm (UTC)
I hate to be left hanging, so I don't want to do that to my readers. :)

*bows to faithful patron*
Lola: Meidancewithlife on February 17th, 2014 10:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you, gracious creator. *bows back*
There's a bunch of your stuff I haven't read yet because I know from experience that once I start I won't want to stop. So I have to balance free time and available money carefully :-) The upside of that is gleeful anticipation. I'm reading a bunch of series other than yours, most of which don't have the next book coming out for a few months (hi, Catie!*), so if I get too grumpy waiting for those I can start at the beginning of the Pelted stuff and have new things to read.

ETA: *Not a complaint, Catie!

Edited at 2014-02-17 11:02 pm (UTC)
M. C. A. Hogarth: presenthaikujaguar on February 17th, 2014 11:05 pm (UTC)
Yeah, my big concern right now is Heir finishing too quickly, since I'm only about four chapters into Book 2 and Book 2 really needs to come out quickly. I'm confident I can polish it off in two or three months, but I'm not sure I'm going to get to Book 3 this year with my other commitments. I will have to dangle more Kherishdar in front of people in the hopes it will mollify them. >.>